Joint Cambodia-China ‘Golden Dragon’ Military Drills to Proceed, Despite Threat of Coronavirus

Cambodia and China have no plans to cancel their fourth annual joint “Golden Dragon” military exercise later this month, despite the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Cambodia’s Minister of Defense Tea Banh said Monday.

This year’s exercise, held under the theme “counter-terrorism and humanitarianism,” will take place from March 14 to April 1 at military training site in Chumkiri district, in Cambodia’s Kampot province, Agence Kampuchea Press (AKP) reported.

Drills will involve 3,000 soldiers—including 265 members of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA)—and vehicles such as tanks, artillery, mortars, and helicopters.

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